Monday, August 29, 2016

Kitty's Konfections Wax Tarts

I placed my first and tiny order with Lily at Kitty's Konfections back in May. It arrived a couple weeks ago. Lily had a bad set back and was recovering from that and then I think the shipping label was printed a little early so it shipped a week after the CNS was sent. Lily was very generous in giving two full sized samples and writing in a code for a discount for the next order. I went in for a Candy Floss sampler, a cat in Notorious L.I.Z. and a muffin in High Wire. 

The Candy Floss sampler included five blends for $8.00. 

Full on Monet- cotton candy and melonade
Sweet candy cantaloupe and honey dew that threw medium-light in my bedroom. A pleasant scent. 

Rollin' With The Homies- cotton candy and strawberry raspberry guava
Simply a great blend of candy floss and a potent fruity blend of strawberry raspberry guava fragrance oil. This one will be saved for next summer. I forget how much I love a well done strawberry raspberry guava.

As If- cotton candy and blonde moment
Mostly the grape candy scent of Blonde Moment, not much cotton candy and this Blonde Moment is not fizzy at all. So if you enjoy Blonde Moment but hate this fizz, this may be for you. 

Virgin Who Can't Drive- cotton candy and iced lemon cookie
Sugar cookie with a bit of tart lemon cream filling. Reminds me of those lemon filled vanilla sandwich cookies I used to get when I was little. Not much cotton candy.

Sporadically- cotton candy and marshmallow
A medium-light throwing scent of vague berry candies. Probably not one I would buy again. 

High Wire- glazed strawberries and funnel cake
This definitely smells exactly the strawberry glaze in a tub that comes out around February during strawberry season in Florida. The funnel cake is hiding but may emerge when melted. 2.2 ounces for $2.50

Free Sample in Flaming Hoop- cinnamon buns and caramel macchiato
A strong coffee with that slightly bitter puppy toes lean I always get from coffee scents in wax. There is the cinnamon from the buns pulling through. 2.3 ounces

Free Sample in Mystery Mishap- a mystery of overpours
I get mainly pink sugar and a little sugar cookie. A super cute shape and in a delicious scent. I broke the tart in half and it threw medium-strong in the bedroom. A yummy pink sugar cookie and butterbrickle caramel scent. 3.3 ounces

Notorious L.I.Z.- strawberry raspberry guava, blonde moment, serendipity
A cheerful scent that will be fabulous to melt next summer! Mostly SRG and Blonde Moment so a candy fruit melange of grape, strawberry and sweetness. I did order these in a cat shape (you guys know I am the crazy cat lady) but they came in bunny shapes. It was a mistake and she did offer to send the cat when I asked if shapes are normally substituted out but I declined. She had been through enough recently that I did not want to put her out. 2.6 ounces of bunnies for $3.00

I enjoy that the scent descriptions are included on the label as well as pour dates. I plan on ordering again in the future when things from the past few months have calmed down for her. Have you tried Kitty's Konfections? 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Diptyque: Baies Candle

This small 2.4 ounce Diptyque Baies candle accompanied me yesterday afternoon during a thunderstorm. It sat right on my nightstand and gave off an elegant throw of green blackberry brambles, tart currants, unripe berries and woods.

I had purchased this on Hautelook as part of a two pack and I am glad I did. It was lovely to experience, but I don't think I would repurchase this particular scent at full price. 

I would buy it again if it popped up on discount. There are other scents from Diptyque I would want to try first, however. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Melting Basket 73

Wax from the last basket I would repurchase include: SMT Pink Peppermint Swizzle Sticks, Glitterati Violet Sugar Cookie, LSC Pink Sugar Vanilla, Snow Globe, Universal VooDoo Wooden Wings, NeNe's Arabie, TBG Calypso.

Lasting Scent Candles- Beignets
Lasting Scent Candles-  Sweet Lavender Nectar
Up The Creek Scents- Welcome Home/Gingerbread Cupcakes/Marshmallow Bean Noel
SMT- Dragon's Blood
SMT- Pink Lavender Marshmallow Cake
CFTKR- Merlin's Forest
Universal VooDoo- To Whom it May Concern <3 gift
Pocket Full of Peonies- Satsuma Sandalwood Sugar Cookie <3 gift
The Scented Squirrel- Satsuma Sandalwood Sugar Cookie <3 gift
Country Lane Keepsakes- Guardian Angel <3 gift
A gift but not sure of the vendor, Green Tea and Lemongrass <3 gift

A smaller basket this time in anticipation of fall meltings beginning very very soon. If you would like me to review any of these, please drop a line below. 

Savanna has reached that age of peer influence. I find I am that parent who's child is the only one that does not have this or that item that everyone else in the class enjoys. In this case, Pokemon Go. 

Savanna has been into Pokemon for quite a few years now. She has the cards and battles with them. She has shirts, stuffed animals, pencils and paraphernalia. She watches the movies and TV shows. I send my bestie Ashely money once in a blue moon to pick up cool Pokemon things in Japan. She is utterly Pokemon spoiled.

I just can't let her play the game. 

I have limited data that I squeak by with each month as it is. 
I have a paranoia about turning on my location services. 
I tried to download it once for her to try and it froze up my phone several times before the game even popped up. 

It just isn't working for me. 
And last night she cried. She never cries about things like that. But through tears she told me how all her friends talk about it and she feels left out. How she really isn't even interested in the game but only wants to play because everyone else does. 

And I found myself telling her that unfortunately, this won't be the last time that she feels this way. 

It was one of those moments that is a shock to my system. Where I realize very clearly that she has grown into the next phase closer to being a teenager. When previously she could care less what was popular or in style. She wants to fit in. And I am in the way of that.

It is what it is.

What was the one thing you had to have in school that everyone else was sporting? Or place everyone was going, or thing everyone was doing? It was cell phones in high school and college for me. I was only allowed to have a pager or phone cards. I didn't get my first cell phone until I got my first job as a teacher. The Nextel walkie-talkie. Remember those? 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mermaid Treasures: Appaloosa Designs

Appaloosa Designs runs out of Etsy and is a one woman show. Chelsea creates lovely nature-inspired silver and stone pieces by hand. I would love to have one of her large rings but prudence required I set my target on something smaller. For now.

The tiny feather necklace was just the ticket. I find myself reaching for its primitive yet delightful style on a regular basis. It goes with just about anything I wear.

The chain is 18 inches and the feather about two inches or so. I really love the delicateness of the chain and the hand wrapped fasteners and bail. 

The necklace came packaged in a muslin drawstring bag folded with her business card and placed in a brown jewelry box. 

I love this new everyday necklace and look forward to saving for one of her statement rings. 

Do enjoy nature-inspired jewelry?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Warmed Wax: Glitterati and Lasting Scent Candles

Lasting Scent Candles Snow Globe threw medium in my bedroom and smells like candy sweet vanilla to me. Maybe a little creaminess but not a whole lot. I enjoy it for its sweet simplicity. I try to get a scent shot of it anytime it pops up but it would not be brittle bag worthy for me, personally. Repurchase.

Lasting Scent Candles Pink Sugar Vanilla threw medium-light in my bedroom. Another simple blend of Pink Sugar and vanilla. Simple, yet good. I would repurchase but probably not in a Brittle Bag. I think I like Coco Pink and a few other Pink Sugar blends form LSC better. 

Glitterati Pink Marshmallow Fireside from my custom order last year. I ordered two scent shots in this scent and fell hard in love so I had been hoarding them. My sweet friend Sunnee sent me a couple chunks from her stash recently so I decided I could splurge and melt these. They threw medium-strong in my kitchen and living area. The gooey sweet and slightly smoky aroma of Bath  Body Work's Marshmallow Fireside with the extra cotton candy and musk haze from Pink Sugar makes this a wonderful blend. Repurchase for sure. Hoping I can pop on the customs list next go 'round.

Glitterati Violet Sugar Cookie threw medium-strong to strong in my living room and kitchen. Insanely delicious. I can see why this has a cult following. I will say it is very sweet like vanilla dusted cotton candy blended with cupcakes. I really don't get the tale tell Parma violets scent at all from this but it is still a scrumptious scent. Not floral at all. I would repurchase this absolutely.

I have a Kitty's Konfections order waiting to be photographed and blogged, and orders from Beezy, The Bathing Garden and Lasting Scent Candles that are waiting to be filled. I would like to order Dessa's new fall and holiday scents and possibly order from Sugar & Spice and Candles From The Keeping Room. Are you waiting on any orders? Plotting any orders? I think once the ones I am waiting for roll in, I should be good for a little while. I will still place small orders here and there but nothing substantial. I do have a new-to-me Etsy vendor that will be featured during the fall. And speaking of fall, starting in September I will be happily participating in a Fall Fun Series with quite a few bloggers and I hope you join in. If you are a blogger and would like to join our series, please email me in the contact form at the bottom. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dame Perfumery: Chocolate Man

Jeffrey Dame offered a free 5 ml sample of his newest release, Chocolate Man, during the 4th of July. Thankfully my friend Valerie tagged me in his post and I caught it in time. Dame Perfumery offers many beautiful fragrances that I adore, including the full bottle of Lime, Gardenia & Benzoin that I wear regularly. In his usual generous way he sent many other samples as well. 

Chocolate Man is utterly decadent. Powdery dark chocolate resonating with coffee bean depth and a drop of booze morph into dusky woods and crunchy cocoa nibs. As intoxicating as staring into deep brown eyes that always seem to hold a bit more of the soul in them than any other color, a swirling chocolate liqueur surrounding the inky dark patchouli pupil. I will easily wear the rest of this with glee in the coming fall and winter. A scent for closeness.

I have reviewed the other samples that were included with this order but these two are new to me:

Soliflore Mimosa- Apricot and peach, fuzz and flesh, honeysuckle headiness tempered by green leaves. The soft spray of tufted yellow mimosa blooms. Dreamy.

Verbena, Freesia & Musk- This was one of his eau de toilette for women scents that I had been eyeing. The verbena and freesia merge into the skin with elegance and a classic feel. This is one I will wear easily at work; green, fresh, powdery musk and purple stalks of freesia that almost remind me of paperwhites and hyacinths. Spring on the skin.

If you have not had a chance to try Dame Perfumery, you should sample some of Jeffrey's fragrances. I particularly love Herb man, Dark Horse, Black Flower Mexican Vanilla and of course Lime, Gardenia & Benzoin. He has an excellent sampling offering of his scents in 5 ml sprays for $8.50 to $10.00 each and free shipping. I want to sample Cassis, Rose & Sandalwood, Peach Blossom, Violet & Vanilla and his New Musk Man. Which of his offerings would you want to try?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge Update: Halfway There

I hit 20 out of 40 right here at summer's end. That leaves me five months to do 20 more. I might be able to complete it if I choose shorter books, but I keep grabbing these leviathan sized books. I must be a glutton for punishment, but I do so love them. I did switch up where I listed some of these from last time, but I am highlighting the new books in blue. The older ones are in red. 

* = meh ** = decent *** = read it

1. Based on a fairytale- Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas *** based off of the fairy tale Cinderella, it takes a heroine who has been orphaned and turns her into an assassin, full of fairies and drama with some immature writing and character idiosyncrasies but I enjoyed it none the less

3. YA Bestseller- Magnus Chase by Rick Riodan *** if you like a fun, light headed punny YA series

6. Translated to English- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky *** a beefy book that took me several weeks to ingest but well worth the time to experience such a heart felt and melancholy story of love and choices

7. Romance set in the future- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness *** this was the last book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, humans settle a new planet at the expense of resident aliens

8. Set in Europe- Girl Reading by Katie Ward *** a chronicle of various girls/women through snap shots of time, their stories, struggles, and always present, a book of some sort, the seemingly choppy short stories are tied at the end, a unique and enjoyable read

13. Self-improvement- Redirecting Children's Behavior by Kvols and Riedler * I had to read it for work, but as a book from a parenting point of view it seems redundant, a lot of it seems common sense though I did like the "annoying phases" kids go through by age in the back just for peace of mind and "oh so that IS normal" moments

14. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Rowling, Thorne, Tiffany *** yes I loved it, yes it was only the bones of the books in the past but it still made me laugh and cry and be thrilled to learn more about Harry's story as a father

15. Celebrity authored- Fragrant by Mandy Aftel *** for the scent enchanted, Mandy educates and enthralls using the power of aroma, best if read while using her companion scent box of actual 
essences and absolutes and resins, she is absolutely a celebrity in the world of natural perfumery, heck Leonard Cohen comes to visit her (love that man)

18. More than 600 pages- (I feel like most of them have been!) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare ** it probably would have gotten 3 stars but it was just a bit too long and drawn out and I could predict who was behind the mayhem too easy, still a great new series that takes us back into the shadowhunter realm with returning characters, new ones and a cliffhanger in the end

22. Graphic novel- Loki's Wolves by Armstrong and Marr ** while not entirely a graphic novel, there are several illustrations throughout, giving it a graphic feel... a fun lighthearted Norse mythology based read that is a nice pallet cleanser after reading heavy material... looking at you Anna Karenina...

23. Published in 2016- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater *** the last book in the Raven Boys Cycle, which I totally became engrossed within the pages of, there are elements of witchcraft, psychics, ley lines, paranormal, people who can dream things and pull them out into reality, and the story of four friends, five if you count the ghost

24. Protagonist with your occupation (teacher)- The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll ** a unique book that straddles paranormal Stephen King with good vs evil quirky Dean Koonz

25. Summer Setting- The Sibyl in Her Grave by Sarah Caudwell ** I am only halfway through this one but it takes place during midsummer in the UK, and it is actually #4 in a series about a female detective type and it is totally out of character for me to start a series with a book other than the first but it seems to stand alone pretty easy, it is a quick mystery read and I love anything British 

26. Book & it's prequel- (so technically two books?) The Book of Speculation and "The Mermaid Girl" by Erika Swyler *** I am still not sure if I read them in the right order, "The Mermaid Girl" is obviously the prequal but I also feel like it would have been equally effective if read last, a more in depth review is here 

29. Dystopian- Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood *** mind twisting story along the lines of Animal Farm but resonates powerfully for me as a woman

30. Blue cover- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli ** a great story for young people about the power of peer pressure and how subtle or forceful it can be

31. Poetry- Hurricane Dancer by Margarita Engle *** a short story about hispanic slaves and pirates and native tribes and their war with one another for freedom written in poetic style

34. Checked out from the library- Queen of Shadows by Sarah Maas *** this is part of the Throne of Glass series and carries on with the heroine's tale, this is not the final book but the next to last, the final book is out in September

36. Road Trip- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova *** ok, so not a teenage carefree road trip but many, many road trips, and flights, and train rides across Europe to search out a multi-generational quest to rescue someone from.... Dracula, if you enjoy Dracula, you may well love this

39. Island setting- Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta ** a fast paced but semi-predictable fantasy story of a kingdom torn apart by greed and a curse, must read for fantasy fans

Hoping I can make my reading challenge goals this year. The rest of the categories I need to fill are: --National Book Award
-haven't read since High school was thinking Great Expectations
-set in home state
-under 150 pages
-made into a movie soon
-recommended by a new friend help new friends! I need one!
-political memoir ewwww
-100 years older than you
-Oprah Book Club White Oleander for this one
- Sci-fi
-recommended by family member
-murder mystery
-comedian author kinda want to read Amy Poehler's book
-classic 20th century
-culture unfamiliar
-guaranteed to bring joy

What are you reading? Have any recommendations for me that might fit this list? I may have to change political memoir for something more enjoyable. I really hate even the word politics right now.